As of July 1, 2018, SCS has launched a new Department for Blockchain and Internet-Of-Things. Alain Brenzikofer heads the newly formed group as the new Department Head. We congratulate Alain Brenzikofer on the new role and wish him every success.

Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, IoT: The terms are ubiquitous and will disrupt various industries. Alain Brenzikofer has been observing these technologies for years and is a profound expert on the scene. Interesting applications arise today in the energy sector, but also in the commodity trade, with guarantees of origin. Some of these are already under development at SCS: As Partner in the “Quartierstrom” project in Walenstadt, where a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy market is being created.

Industrial applications require an increasing degree of trust and privacy protection. Proof of existence, of origination or of a consistent track record gain importance. Trusting the timestamps and the integrity of sensor data can be a crucial requirement, i.e. for using surveillance camera footage as evidence in court.

SCS has set up an infrastructure that proves a concept to add trusted timestamps to sensor data based on a public blockchain. This allows to prove that (sensor) data has been captured at a specific point in time. Such a proof includes existence at certain time as well as prior inexistence, with a time precision of minutes. While it has previously been possible to prove that data existed before a certain point in time, this concept show a way to also prove that data only existed after
a certain point in time.

Please read our whitepaper:

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After a highly successful research- and demonstration project, the GridBox Technology is now being commercialized within the scope of a spin-off project. The company smart grid solutions AG (website), led by Martin von Euw, will take the technology to market maturity. Supercomputing Systems AG is the technology partner of the new company.

Concerning this matter, read this press release:

 

Zurich, 27th of September 2016

Establishement of smart grid solutions AG:
Spin-off of the largest Smart Grid demonstration project in Switzerland

The project partners of GridBox, the largest smart grid demonstration project of Switzerland, have now established smart grid solutions AG. The company aims at the industrialization of an innovative grid management solution and its further development. Using the new platform smartbox, the pioneering GridBox technology as well as the acquired knowledge of the successful one-year-trial are being unified in one solution.

Thus, smart grid solutions AG offers the distribution grid operators an intelligent and scalable solution, which is able to manage current and future technical challenges. Anton Gunzinger, entrepreneur and member of the board of directors of smart grid solutions AG, explains the use of the real time management systems as follows: “Due to the increase of decentralized producers, battery storage solutions and E-mobility, grid operators will face new challenges, or are already facing them. The smartbox is a tool to master these tasks and does not only serve one single purpose, but as a platform it supports a variety of tasks, services and business models of the grid operators.”

The smartbox technology is the comprehensive platform for a modern distribution grid management. As a coordinated and spread solution it guarantees for a safe yet economic network operation. Thereby the smartbox covers a multitude of requirements. Applications like fault detection- and localization, extended network monitoring, support of the asset management, prosumer-applications as well as market functions, featuring real time characteristics are being unified on just one platform.

 

By applying this generic approach, smart grid solutions AG offers a flexible and scalable measuring-, communications-, and control platform, which allows for a rapid implementation of new business models and therefore already has the answers for tomorrow’s challenges.

For more information please contact:
Martin von Euw
Geschäftsführer smart grid solutions AG
Phone +41 43 543 64 32
Mobil +41 79 230 88 58
martin.voneuw@smartgridsolutions.ch

Press Release (PDF) from 27.9.2016

In collaboration with BKW, ewz and Bacher Energie AG, as well as co-financed by the Federal Office of Energy (FOE), SCS AG has successfully fulfilled the GridBox measurement and demonstration campaigns by March 2016. The GridBox project demonstrated a real-world instance of a full featured smart grid concept. Two distribution grid regions were equipped with almost 150 Gridbox devices: an urban quarter of the city of Zurich as well as an alpine region around Bern (Kiental). The development comprised of the measurement and control box, the communication infrastructure, the central intelligence software as well as data archive and analysis tools. A large number of research campaigns have been conducted on the GridBox platform for more than a year of full operation.

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The primary results of the project are:

  • Demonstration of the feasibility of a real-time management platform for the distribution grid (low- and medium-voltage levels)
  • Development and demonstration of an advances real-time state estimation for distribution grids
  • Topology detection based on pure grid measurement data (calculation of the grid graph and identification of electrical characteristics)
  • Demonstration of a real-time optimization of the distribution grid state by influencing loads and infeed:
    • In households: control of water heaters, heat pumps and solar inverters (P and Q)
    • Within the grid: Control of a large grid battery (500kWh)
  • Recording of detailed grid measurement data in a specific archive: 150 measurement points, 1 Hz, including PMU-information
  • Evaluation of PMU functionality in the distribution grid

Box_open_Rogos_fadedPicture 1: Project-specific GridBox hardware for installation into households, distribution cabins and transformer stations. The box measures voltages and currents (12kHz resolution) with GPS-synchronized phasor information. The measurement data is preprocessed and communicated to a central data processing unit once per second. The box allows the control of flexibilities such as water heaters, heat pumps, solar infeed, batteries, e-mobility etc.

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Picture 2 : The GridBox cockpit is a live visualization of the grid state, showing real-time measurement data, state estimation output and optimizer control information. The measurement data archive is just one click away.

The core team at SCS encompassed ca. 7 engineers. The full project team including partners amounted to about 35 people including developers, data analysts, installation personnel, IT personnel and project management. We highly esteem their active contributions and commitment in order to bring this project to a successful finish.

GridBox will live on – commercialization is planned.

Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Cloud – all these terms are currently being discussed all over. However, most of the time, a common understanding is missing about the meaning of these terms and the way they are to be implemented in the industry. Also, the benefit for the customer is not always clear.

During a recent round table of the forum “Laufenburger Talks”, Dr. Johannes Gassner was invited as an expert to talk about this topic.

The article „Swiss KMU is ready – but the benefit is still unclear” was subsequently written about this roundtable and was published twice:

  • Article in the “Technische Rundschau”, the Swiss industry magazine
  • Article in the “Polyscope”, the magazine for electronics and automation

The “Internet of Things”, abbreviated IoT, has the intention to equip many electrical appliances with the ability to communicate with each other via the internet. Industry 4.0 stands for the pooling of technology trends and a vision of the way the manufacturing business may look in the future.

The „Laufenburger Talks“ offer a platform to discuss interesting, controversial and current topics among experts.

Contact person at SCS
Johannes Gassner

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